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Aretha Franklin Spills Wedding Details

Aretha Franklin Spills Wedding Details

Aretha Franklin spills wedding details. Plus: Which late night talk show host did the soul singer have an affair with?

Published January 6, 2012

Aretha Franklin is in love, and she's not afraid to talk about it. The 69-year-old soul singer, who is engaged to her longtime friend Willie Wilkerson, spilled details about her wedding to the Associated Press. She also dropped a scandalous secret — hints of an affair with a late night talk show host in her past. Arsenio? Leno? Jimmy Kimmel? We may have to let our imaginations run wild with that one....


The soul singer has a simple reason for marrying for the third time at age 69. “I like being married. It’s an institution that I like. So momentarily I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be married." She adds, "I need taking care of a little more, I think. Let someone else be strong. Sometimes what you’re looking for is already there.”


Plans are in full-swing for her summer wedding, and the future Mrs. Wilkerson isn't handing decisions off to a wedding planner: "There is no way in the world anyone else could do my wedding other than myself, along with whomever I select to do various things."


As for that all-important white dress? "I’d love to see what they [Donna Karan and Vera Wang] would do custom for me," she says.


Another critical detail for the legendary singer: who will perform for the first dance. “I would love to have Smokey (Robinson) sing, my dearest, oldest friend [along with gospel singer Karen Clark and Stevie Wonder],” she reveals. Lucky bride to have so much talent just a phone call away!


Before she puts a ring on it, Aretha came clean about one of her high-profile relationships before she met Wilkerson. The singer admits to "an intimate affair" with a fellow celebrity in her past:


"(He was) one of America’s late-night talk-show hosts. At this point I’m thrilled it didn’t (work), and what I was looking for was already here. We’re very compatible, and he supports me and I support him a lot, and he has given me specialized attention that I don’t think I’ve received from anyone else. I receive a lot of male attention, but Will is more special than all the rest.”



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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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